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OAAA E-Weekly Newsletter

The Office of African-American Affairs  Newsletter Highlighting Events and Opportunities for OAAA Students

"Young, Gifted & Black:

40 Years of Preparing Students for the Quest"

Special Announcement

Thank you SABLE for the beautiful goody basket provided Friday, December 1st in the main office of OAAA! The individual baggies were filled with delicious treats and resources to help students manage stressful times during finals.

The Office of African-American Affairs is on FACEBOOK! LIKE US to keep up-to-date with events and more info about OAAA!

The next regular issue of OAAA E-Weekly will be in January 2018 – Happy Holidays!

Mark Your Calendar

Tuesday, December 5 - Classes End

Wednesday, December 6 - Reading Day

Thursday, December 7 - Friday, December 15 - Course Examinations

Sunday, December 10 & Wednesday, December 13 - Reading Days

UVA Study Spaces during Finals Time
It’s that time of year, and if you are looking for additional study spaces, the Library provides this Grounds. Be sure to visit the Dathel and John Georges Student Center, Clemons Library, 2nd floor study areas.



Quote of the Week

"When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid."  -- Audre Lorde

Tsara Nock

Spotlight on Student Achievements

T'sara Nock is a Fourth year student from Chesapeake, Virginia, in the McIntire School of Commerce.Throughout her time at the University, she has been active in numerous organizations including, the NAACP, Class Council, United Sisters, and The Office of Admissions Student Advisory Committee. Currently, she is the President of the Black Commerce Student Network (BCSN) at McIntire, the Business Manager for Creative, Raw, and Very Edgy (C.R.A.V.E.) fashion enterprise, and a Resident Advisor (RA) for UVA Housing and Residence Life. As the President of BCSN, T'sara has led initiatives to recruit and enroll black students in the Commerce School. As the Business Manager for C.R.A.V.E., she manages the show's budget, including grant seeking and fundraising initiatives. She also helps to oversee  the organization's volunteer efforts. In October 2016, T'sara was a member of the planning committee for the Julian Bond Memorial Symposium. After graduation T'sara will work as a full-time Tax Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in McLean, VA.

You can nominate a student (not yourself) to be featured in the Spotlight each week.

Please send your nominations to:

Dean Patrice Grimes ( every Thursday by 12 noon.



Quote's Corner

Audrey Geraldine Lorde, (February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992) was a writer, feminist, womanist, and civil rights activist. As a poet, she is best known for technical mastery and emotional expression. Her poems and prose largely deal with issues related to civil rights, feminism, and the exploration of black female identity.  The Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in New York City is named for Michael Callen and Audre Lorde, and  is dedicated to providing medical health care to the city's LGBTQ population, without regard to ability to pay. The Audre Lorde Project, founded in 1994, is a Brooklyn-based organization for queer people of color, that focuses on  community organizing and radical nonviolent activism around local progressive issues. The Audre Lorde Award is an annual literary award presented by Publishing Triangle to honor works of lesbian poets, and was first presented in 2001. In 2014, Lorde was inducted into the Legacy Walk, an outdoor public display in Chicago (IL) that celebrates LGBTQ history and people.

Opportunites with Deadlines

Join the UVA Cultural Programming Board
Application Deadline: Fridays by 5:00 pm at least two weeks before event
The Cultural Programming Board is NOW accepting applications for the Fall 2017-2018 semester to fund cultural events and programs. For more information.

Apply for a Serpentine Society Internship
Position expected to be in Spring 2018 Semester
The Serpentine Society is pleased to announce the creation of an internship for a person who will work closely with the board to connect the Society with UVA students and administrators in Alumni Hall. Subsequent intern appointments will run for the entire academic year, beginning in the fall of 2018 (see job description). Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for one professional (or academic) reference. Applicants should incorporate answers to the following questions in their cover letter: What do you hope to gain personally from this experience? How would you like to use this opportunity engage the UVA LGBTQ student population?

Summer Internship in Biostatistics - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center/New York City
Application Deadline: January 5, 2018
This is for undergraduates in quantitative sciences to work and learn in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics of a world-renowned medical hospital. For more information and application details, visit

Application for McIntire’s B.S. in Commerce
Registration:  Now Open through Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by 12:00 noon
Submit Applications from Friday, January 12 - Thursday, January 25, 2018 by 12:00 noon
Students can learn more about the process and apply here. If you have additional questions, please visit Rouss & Robertson 142 during Walk-In Advising, read the Keeping up with Commerce Blog, subscribe to the Keeping Up with Commerce Newsletter, or contact us to make an appointment. Recognizing each student’s unique academic and career goals, backgrounds, and talents, the McIntire Office of Undergraduate Admission encourages and empowers students as they strive toward their goals. We look forward to working with you!

Summer Institute in Bioethics – Yale University
Application Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2018
Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics offers an intensive and international summer institute in bioethics in New Haven, CT, open to graduate students, professionals, and select undergraduates. Full Program: June 1 – July 21, 2018 - Tuition $1,875 for undergraduates, $2,275 for graduate students, and $3,275 for advanced professionals. Foundations of Bioethics: June 4 - 7, 2018 - Tuition $500 for students, $1,000 for advanced professionals. Course credit may be available, and housing is available within walking distance for an additional cost. For further information, or contact Lori Bruce, Program Director

Apply to Curry School of Education: Youth and Social Innovation, Kinesiology, Teacher Education and Speech Communication Disorders
Application Deadline: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Are you interested in making a change and impacting society? You can find the online application and more information. If you have questions about the application process or want to discuss more about our programs, please e-mail Jessica Livingston and more information.

The Leadership Alliance National: Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)
Application Deadline: Thursday, February 1, 2018
SR-EIP is a fully paid summer internship that provides undergraduates in the Humanities, Social Sciences and STEM with training and mentoring in the principles underlying the conduct of research. It also prepares them to pursue competitive applications for graduate school, specifically PhD or MD-PhD programs. Participants will spend 8-10 weeks at a Leadership Alliance institution (Harvard, Princeton and Yale to name a few), receive training, a stipend, travel, and housing expenses from the research institution. For more information, please visit its website.

UVA Center for Wireless Health Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program
Application Deadline: Online Applications Now - February 1, 2018
The UVA Center for Wireless Health Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is seeking highly motivated applicants to provide an intensive faculty-mentored, 8-week research experience. Wireless Health is an emerging, interdisciplinary field infusing wireless technologies in healthcare and medical research to improve patient care and quality of life. or more information, see Wireless Health REU program flyer or contact Dr. Jasmine Crenshaw.

US-UK Fulbright Commission Summer Institutes
Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 7 at 11:59 pm EST
This is a fully-funded opportunity for first and second years, with little experience abroad and at least a 3.7 GPA, to be immersed in the study of British academics and culture. Themes of study and research span a wide range of fields and interests. This year, there are institutes at Aberystwyth University, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, University of Birmingham, University of Bristol, University of Exeter, University of Sussex, University of Westminster, Queen’s University Belfast, and the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow School of Art (for Technology, Innovation, and Creativity Institute). There is no formal role for the University of Virginia, but students may seek out Assistant Director, Lisa Grimes, for advising support while completing the application.

UVA Summer Diabetes Research Internship
Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
This ten-week sponsored program, led by Dr. Oberholzer, Chief of Transplant and Director of UVA transplant center, focuses on diabetes research and treatment, and is the first of this kind at UVA. Students will earn a $3,000 stipend over the course of the ten-week program. Students from traditionally underrepresented racial, gender, and ethnic groups in the STEM and biomedical research fields are encouraged to apply. The following items are required: application form, essay, official transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Internship application and essay accessed by logging into your Handshake account and job posting #635148 ("Diabetes Research Summer Internship Program, Dr. Yong Wang, UVA, Director of Translational Research at Dept. of Surgery and Transplant").  All documents should be sent to Dr. Yong Wang.

The UVA Parents Fund Scholarships
Application Deadline: Closes early March - Recipients announced at Parents Fund Committee 2018 Spring Meeting.
The Gilbert J. Sullivan Scholarship and the Gordon C. Burris Scholarships are awarded to rising Third year students who have a demonstrated record of citizenship, leadership, academic achievement, and financial need. These two $7,500 annual scholarships cover a portion of tuition and fees for the recipients’ third and fourth years. Students should submit an application, resume and a letter of recommendation to Letters of recommendation may come from anyone, however, we recommend asking a UVA professor or dean to write about your citizenship, leadership, and/or academic achievement. If selected, applicants should attend a reception. Email Jennifer Huebner, UVA Parents Fund Specialist, with questions.

The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) Summer Workshop Program
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 1, 2018
The IRT Summer Workshop selects 35-40 interns for an intense four-week summer workshop at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Interns will attend discussions, lectures, conferences, and debates in the disciplines of education, the humanities, and social sciences that one may encounter throughout graduate study. The Summer Workshop Program is for college juniors and seniors who intend to pursue graduate study upon completion of their undergraduate degree. Summer workshop participants will receive a stipend, travel expenses, and room and board. Application is open! To apply, click here for more information.

UVA Summer Medical Leadership Program (UVA-SMLP)
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 15, 2018 for the summer of 2018 - Held from Saturday, June 2 – Thursday, July 14, 2018
UVA-SMLP builds on the success of the previous summer medical academic enrichment programs [Medical Academic Advancement Program (MAAP) and Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)]. The goal: to expose the participants to the “real world of medicine” to prepare them for medical school admission & future leadership positions in medicine/biomedical field. For more information, visit the homepage

AT&T Summer Internship Program
Start Date: Late May through early June (12 weeks per summer over 3 summers paid internship)
Join ATT after graduation and be a part of a team known for shaping the next generation of leaders. Click here for 2018 hiring information. You must be pursuing an undergraduate degree -- business, technology & finance majors preferred. Relocation is possible to start the internship, but not required during summer assignment. 

Cville Bio-Trek: Connect with BioTech Companies in your Backyard
Spend quality time at local Charlottesville organizations that are revolutionizing biotechnology in your own backyard! Learn how your lab and bench science skills can work, and connect with potential local employers interested in connecting with UVA students. Get insider tips on how to market your experience, and where to apply your life science skills. Learn from professionals who are on the cutting edge of BioTech and expand your network. For more information or contact Christie Julien

Learning In Action Public Service at UVA
Learning in Action is the front door to public service at the University of Virginia! It connects students, faculty, and community partners to social entrepreneurship, community engagement, and co–curricular service opportunities. There are also resources that direct users to specific programs and offices based on individual interest. Currently, the Community Service Committee of Student Council and Student Affairs Community Engagement group are responsible for all content.

Diversity in Museums & the Arts Grant for Underrepresented Students
To support students pursuing internships at museums, historic sites, or archives, a $3500 grant is awarded to applicants from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in museum careers. This includes students who identify as African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders, and/or individuals with disabilities. Programs also highlight museum careers and provide instruction to help students apply for internships. Students in ALL majors are eligible, not just those in Art/Art History. Visit Diversity in Museums and the Arts (panel and reception), Museum Career Panel, and Museum Interview and Application Prep for more information.

Shadow a Professional this J-term!
The Career IDEAs Externship Program aims to connect students with meaningful Externship opportunities in J-Term and during the summer months. Students apply to the program via Handshake and are selected for an externship site that will help them explore the industry of their choice. The program is open to all students, but the priority is for those who have not had an externship or internship experience. Second and Third years who are first-generation college students and part of under-represented populations are encouraged to apply. Contact Name: Christie Julien

STEM Summer Research Opportunities
Now is the time that summer research programs are announcing their 2018 deadlines!  We have 699 summer research programs posted on our site currently and we are busy posting new program dates and new programs every day! Students will be able to find: 57 summer science exposure programs for high school students, 607 PAID summer research programs for undergraduates, 30 PAID summer programs for post-baccalaureate students (including graduating seniors), and 56 PAID summer programs for graduate students. For even more search options and filters, try our advanced search


This Week in Black History

December 5, 1955 – Dr. Martin Luther King and a group of local leaders organized the Montgomery (AL) Bus Boycott, marking a major milestone in the Civil Rights Movement. The boycott lasted for 385 days and sparked racially motivated actions that included the bombing of Dr. King’s home. King was arrested during this campaign, which ended with a US District Court ruling (in Browder vs. Gayle) that called for an end to racial segregation in the City of Montgomery and State of Alabama public transit systems. King’s role in the protest transformed him from a local leader to a national political & social figure and a key spokesperson for the Civil Rights Movement.

International entrepreneur and businessman Reginald Lewis was born on December 7, 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland. A graduate of Virginia State University, he received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1968 and was a partner in Murphy, Thorpe & Lewis, which was the first Black law firm on Wall Street. In 1987, Lewis bought Beatrice International Foods from Beatrice Companies for $985 million, renaming it TLC Beatrice International, and creating the largest Black-owned and managed snack food, beverage, and grocery store conglomerate. In 1987, when TLC Beatrice reported revenue of $1.8 billion, it became the first Black-owned company to have more than $1 billion in annual sales. Lewis died in 1993 of brain cancer.

Entertainer, Sammy Davis Jr., was born in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City on December 8, 1925. He was a world-renowned dancer, singer, multi-instrumentalist (playing vibraphone, trumpet, and drums), impressionist, comedian, and actor. He is remembered for his many film appearances and for the hit song, “Candy Man,” which became his signature tune. Davis was also a member of Hollywood's infamous "Rat Pack," and was one of the first African-American entertainers to perform on the Las Vegas strip. Davis was awarded the Spingarn Medal by the NAACP and was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award for his television performances. In 1987, he received the Kennedy Center Honors Award, and in 2001, he was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Davis died in Beverly Hills, California, on May 16, 1990 at age 64, of complications from throat cancer.


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OAAA Announcements & Services

Project Rise: 4th Year Re-orientation with Dean Mason
1st & 3rd Thursdays – 12:30-1:45 pm - W.E.B. DuBois Conference Room - #2 Dawson’s Row
Reorientation is a small-group, discussion-based program for Fourth year Black students who are interested in talking about the stresses and challenges of Fourth year and post-graduation. OAAA Assistant Dean Michael Mason leads these sessions, if you are interested in attending, please RSVP via email to Bethlehem Demissie, Student Co-Director, Project RISE.

“Raising-the-Bar 4.0” Open Study Sessions – THIS WEEK!

RTB 4.0 – It’s Not Just for First Years’ Anymore!
Monday through Thursday nights - 5:00-8:00 pm - LPJ Black Cultural Center (study with OAAA Peer Advisors)

Calculus Tutoring – Tuesday - 4:00 – 7:00 pm only & by appointment during Reading Days
WEB DuBois Conference Room & by appointment: Email:

OAAA Statistics Tutoring (through the Black Commerce Student Network-BCSN)
Mondays 5:00-7:00 pm – Rouse Robertson 140. Email:


Upcoming Events

UK Fellows Information Session
Monday, December 4 – 4:00 pm - Rotunda Multipurpose Room
The UK Fellows Program allows graduating UVa students the opportunity to teach and live abroad at a UK boarding school for one year. Fellows participate fully by assisting with classes, sport, and residence life. The best candidates are mature, responsible individuals who are eager to get involved. Teaching experience, formal or informal is helpful but not required. The ability to help coach a sport, even if it’s not your greatest strength, is a plus. In some instances, coaching positions may be a school’s priority. Students from all fields are considered.

Pre-Commerce Celebratory Dinner
Monday, December 4 – 7:00 pm - Sedona Taphouse
Second years are invited to a "Pre-Application Submission Celebratory Dinner," where current McIntire School of Commerce students and admissions officers will answer questions. The dinner is FREE so RSVP! Contact T'sara Nock

Kwanzaa Celebration
Tuesday, December 26 - 3:00-5:00 pm - Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 433 4th St. NW, Charlottesville, VA 22901
Come celebrate Ancestor Reverence, Sounds of Africa, Cultural Expressions, Children Activities and Community Assessment - Guest Performance by Farafina Kan

Source Dorks @ Clemons Library
Mondays through Wednesdays – 7:00-9:00 pm - Clemons 2nd Floor
What are the Source Dorks? They are undergrad peer research advisors who can help students level-up their research skills to move beyond Google searches and into the world of databases!  They also guide students to find new and amazing sources, and help them tailor their paper topics and search terms for better research results. Source Dorks also assist with puzzling citations and demonstrate how to use citation management tools. No need to set up an appointment – just drop in!

This Week’s UCARE Updates: For information on upcoming events in the Charlottesville community, visit the University and Community Action for Racial Equality (UCARE) Newsletter and Facebook.